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of the united states steps into a very intense political fight in michigan and he's definitely taking sides. we're also looking into what's behind the dramatically lower prices showing up at gas stations near you. and life-saving television. we have an amazing look at an underground tv channel run by rebel fighters in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama getting into a new fight with republicans and it's a fight he may actually lose. this afternoon in detroit, the president blasted a package of anti-union bills. michigan republicans, governor, is ush pushing through his state's legislature. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. >> even though the cheering went on for nearly half a minute, it looks like those anti-union bills may, in fact, have enough support to pass michigan's legislature, despite union threats of massive demonstrations. cnn's alison kosik is in the capital, lanc
work rules that they support. >> you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class, but a strong america. [. [cheers and applause] ] >> those remarks delivered on december 10th in michigan at the damler detroit diesel plant before michigan voted to make that state the birthplace of manufacturing unions a right-to-work state. heather: unions expect something in return for all their financial and voter support ever the president, correct? >> reporter: they sure do. but with a divided congress there is little the president can accomplish legislate late i havlegislative lee. that's why he turned to recess employees to return the favors to big labor. heather. heather: doug mcelway live for us in washington, thank you, doug. gregg: venezuela's president hugo chavez is suffering new complications from cancer surgery according to his vice president who describes his condition as delicate. steve harrigan has the latest live from miami. steve. >> reporter: gregg, hugo chavez has
of the antiquated work rules they support. >> you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build, not just a stronger middle class but aing frommer america. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: those remarks delivered on december 10th in michigan at daimler detroit diesel plant, just a day before michigan voted to make that state the very birthplace of manufacturing unions a right-to-work state, uma. uma: doug, thank you so much for that update. jon: now breaking news involving one of the fiercest critics of the united states on the international stage. venezuelan president hugo chavez reportedly taking a turn for the worse after his cancer surgery in cuba. his condition said to be delicate right now. steve harrigan live from miami with details. steve? >> reporter: jon, three weeks ago hugo chavez underwent his fourth operation in cuba for undisclosed form of cancer. according to venezuela ann officials he has respiratory infection. it is not clear how rapid his recovery will be. what is clear he made no public state
with all of it. >> no doubt about it new survey out from reuters, michigan in early december we saw consumer sentiment drop to the lowest level that we have seen since august. that suggests, according to analysts that the increased taxes they are expecting from this fiscal crisis is weighing on consumer spending right now. the other side of this though, of course, is vice president biden went to a diner today to talk to some middle class folks and he basically said he has been talking to business leaders to say the converse of this is if there is a fiscal deal business leaders tell him the economy will be unleashed. take a listen. >> the upside is even bigger than the downside. they are ready to move they have well over a trillion dollars out there continue to vest if they think that the economy is going to move. >> and i have been talking to officials in both pears who say that has been the most surprising thing to leaders in washington here in private is that the markets have remained relatively stable despite this uncertainty here in washington. it will take though just one or tw
wisconsin is really starting to take the brunt of this and beginning to snow hard now in northern michigan. we'll pick up an additional six to ten inches in northern michigan and wisconsin. but it's the winds that are making it very difficult for the plows to keep up with. we have winds gusting from wichita to des moines, above 40 miles per hour this morning. so travel in the midwest, very dangerous. and i'll continue to give you any updates here on "morning joe." when i hear more information of the mobile area in alabama, possibly struck by a tornado within the last half hour. you're watching "morning joe." we're brewed by starbucks. this family used capital one venture miles to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles you can actually use! how illuminating. what's in your wallet? let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? ho
♪ [narrator] change your life. grab a board. >> jennifer: more than 30 michigan schools will close two days early for the holiday break this year. why? well, it is not to give students an early christmas gift. it is because officials are concerned about copycat killers following the newtown tragedy. now, the superintendent of one of the districts issued a statement saying... john fuglesang my friends has it really come to this? that kindergarteners can't go to school because we, as a country can't ensure they'll be safe from semi-automatic weapon wielding lunatics and the solution from our far right wing friends? arm the teachers. the very teaches they've called union thugs. we should pay to train these teachers. the people who scream us to about fast and furious and said gun proliferation and mexico was dangerous are still telling us gun proliferation in america makes us safer. welcome to the u.s.a. where of some you will find it's easier to buy a weapon designed to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time than it
rogers of michigan. chairman, thanks very much for coming in. so you've gone through this report. the classify, the declassified version, what's your reaction. >> well, a couple of concern. one of the concerns i have is, first of all, it certainly verified all that we had found, and we had talked about for weeks, of really what is gross negligence on behalf of the security directorates. and clearly to this report, there are other departments that were involved, i think, in that intelligence. that's clear to me in the report. >> because you told us the other day, gross negligence. those were the words you used. >> well, the one thing that concerned me is that the report said that we found all of those problems, but we find no one to have disciplinary action toward. that's concerning to me. that protects the culture. they blamed it on their bureaucracy. so if everybody is responsible, nobody is responsible. that's a huge problem. this was a catastrophic failure. >> because the report does say, security posture at that diplomatic mission, security posture that was inadequate for ben
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